Carl Frampton: Hundreds turn out in Belfast to honour champion boxer after win over Kiko Martinez
Hundreds have packed into the grounds of Belfast City Hall to honour champion boxer Carl Frampton following his stunning world championship win over Kiko Martinez.
Lord Mayor Nichola Mallon hosted the gala to mark his impressive win over the Spaniard, at a purpose-built 16,000-seater outdoor arena in the Titanic Quarter.
The champion boxer was joined on the stage by his daughter Carla and Barry McGuigan.
The Tiger's Bay man Frampton ensured the IBF super-bantamweight belt stayed firmly in his home city after a stunning win over the Spanish title holder on Saturday.
The city and Northern Ireland as a whole came to standstill when the Jackal - going in tonight as the challenger - marched into the ring at Titanic Quarter.
Some 16,000 people packed into the bespoke venue, and watched their man fight his way to a stunning victory.
Frampton promised the belt would stay in Belfast, and he didn't disappoint. It was all Carl, all the way.
While it may have sounded like just mere hyperbole, the 27-year-old said it was his "destiny" to take the title.
But in Belfast on Saturday, he proved it certainly was.
Belfast Telegraph Digital